Dementia is a 1955 film that was made as a silent movie. There was a music soundtrack but no dialogue. It is a dark, suspenseful look at madness in the style of German Expressionism. Many consider it a visual masterpiece, but at the time of it's making it had a lot of trouble getting out. It was later taken over by Exploitation Films, renamed "Daughter of Horror", and had a terrible voiceover narration added (done by the then unknown Ed McMahon). The narration destroyed the integrity of the film.
In order to get closer to the spirit of the original Dementia, I have stripped out the narration and added a soundtrack of my own creation. Hope you will like it. Robert Peck (iceman bob)
iceman bob music is available at http://www.archive.org/details/IcemanBobCollection
February 2, 2012 Subject:
worthy of a redo!
Thanks, Cosmico! With the film being so dark, the black bars weren't apparent. In comparing with the version you suggest, I can see the difference, and that appears to be a sharper print. I will work on getting the other version and syncing up the soundtrack again, then I'll swap the files. I agree, it's a greatly strange and strangely great film!!
Cosmico, the files have been swapped and I agree...the new version looks much better! Thanks again for your help!
February 1, 2012 Subject:
One problem... (updated)
If you play the video on the Flash player on this page, or look at the thumbnail page, you can see that while the *screen* format is 4:3, there are black bars at both top and bottom, forcing the *actual movie* into the 16:9 ratio. Not only that, but just looking at the faces, it is obvious that the picture is "stretched" out of shape.
Not trying to be a pain about it, but this film has been a huge favorite of mine for well over 25 years, I've done my research, and I've written for publications that did a fair amount of research into the film so was exposed to Dementia/Daughter of Horror and its background long ago, among other things revealing the fact that the film's actual director was Bruno VeSota, not John Parker (who only directed the opening bedroom scene with his secretary playing the girl).
Thanks for your ideas and efforts, as your music score sounds awesome. I've been an indie/underground/experimental filmmaker for over 40 years, and would love to have your music in a film of mine someday.
The video of this film that you substituted a new soundtrack for is in the wrong aspect ratio. This movie was not produced in widescreen 16:9, but in standard 4:3.
You can see DAUGHTER OF HORROR in its original and proper format and aspect ratio here:
Perhaps you could download this copy, and apply your new soundtrack to the film in the proper ratio? I'd certainly look forward to seeing that version, but as it is now, everything in the film is abnormally "stretched" and hard to watch. :)